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Boycott Workfare, the admirable campaign group against government schemes for unpaid work for the out-of-work, has resurfaced with a chapter in a book published by Pluto Press.

A new book chapter using testimonies compiled by Boycott Workfare exposes the violent impact of forced labour.

When we talk about what’s wrong with workfare, we often mention the horrifying material impact on people’s lives of the benefit sanctions that underwrite it. The political impact of unwaged work is also important – the way it attacks workplace rights and destroys our freedom. And workfare is psychologically violent and humiliating: it is coerced labour that’s supposed to build skills and motivation but obviously does nothing apart from offer free work to businesses and charities.

Now, in a freely available chapter of The Violence of Austerity, just published by Pluto Press, the accounts of 97 people who were on workfare schemes between 2011 and 2015 show how workfare is not only ruthlessly exploitative, but can also mean being forced into dangerous work in which health and safety laws are violated as a matter of routine. As the authors write:

If being employed in workfare schemes can be read as a forced and therefore violent process in itself, it should also be read as a process that contains the potential for a different type of violence: the violence that confronts workers when they are told to stand in the cold, to lift heavy loads that they physically cannot lift, or to endure other forms of physical and psychological degradation.

‘The violence of workfare’ documents 64 concrete allegations of breaches of health and safety legislation, at 43 workfare exploiters across the UK – in charities, social enterprises, maintenance companies and discount stores, as well as in environmental, agricultural and recycling projects. The first-hand accounts that the chapter is based on were all submitted to Boycott Workfare via the name and shame section of this website. These ‘employers’ benefited from 1,139 weeks of forced labour from the 97 people whose testimonies are included. That’s almost 22 years of coerced, unpaid labour.

These testimonies make clear how people have been forced to carry out hard labour or heavy lifting, despite existing medical conditions which make this work agony. The testimonies reveal how people have been denied access to protective equipment, and how people have been exposed to dust, chemicals and other hazards. In some cases, these accounts document how organisations have refused workfare conscripts access to food or water, and denied them even short breaks.

At the same time, the testimonies collected together in this chapter provide evidence of workfare exploiters threatening to ‘sack’ people who don’t work fast enough, or try to complain or try to gather evidence of the conditions they are being forced to operate in. People on workfare face being sanctioned if they are unwilling to work in unsafe conditions or if they take any kind of action to draw attention to these conditions.

And some workfare exploiters, it is made clear, are more than willing to exploit the fear that the sanctions regime generates to try and force people to accept dangerous working conditions. That same fear is used to ensure as much management control over workfare conscripts as possible. ‘The fear of sanction can intensify and generate yet more unreasonable demands from employers,’ the authors write. ‘Workfare, as a form of forced labour, effectively permits employers to breach health and safety laws with impunity’. Dangerous working conditions are an effect of unfree labour, compelled by the threat of sanctions.

But we can fight.

We are all entitled to the same basic health and safety protections in workplaces, and in the next few weeks, Boycott Workfare is aiming to bring out a ‘know your health and safety rights leaflet’ that can be used to provide information on these rights, and how to challenge dangerous conditions. And we must continue to name and shame exploiters, and expose the conditions in which they force people to work. Public pressure works, and now that workfare exploiters can no longer hide behind anonymity, we can consign workfare to history.

‘The violence of workfare’, by Jon Burnett and David Whyte, is available for free here. You can read more about the chapter, and the rest of the book, in this article from Disability News Service.

Background:

Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive social security.

We are a grassroots campaign, formed in 2010 by people with experience of workfare and those concerned about its impact.

We expose the companies and organisations profiting from workfare and we take action against them. We encourage organisations to pledge to boycott workfare. We inform people of their rights at the jobcentre and we provide information to support claimants challenging workfare and sanctions.

Boycott Workfare is not a front for any political party, or affiliated with any political party. Anyone who shares our aims is welcome to get involved. Email us: info@boycottworkfare.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Unfortunately, Boycott Workfare do not currently have the capacity to take on casework. We recommend that claimants contact local organisations for one-to-one advice and support.

Meanwhile on the Universal Credit front….

Public Finance.

Council housing managers have urged the government to halt the rolling introduction of Universal Credit, which they said is causing “considerable hardship” to tenants.

The National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) and the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) also called on ministers to scrap the seven-day waiting period for new claims.

They said that almost four years on from the initial introduction of Universal Credit “our research shows that delays in the assessment process, poor communications between DWP and landlords, and the seven-day wait period continue to cause significant problems to both landlords and their tenants”.

Rent arrears among Universal Credit claimants remained “stubbornly high” at 73% – equivalent to £6.68m – and 40% of households had accumulated arrears as a consequence of claiming.

Meanwhile, households faced mounting debts, as the average arrears for Universal Credit claimants had increased from £611.73 in March 2016 to £772.21 a year later.

NFA managing director Eamon McGoldrick said: “We are strongly urging government/DWP to halt the roll out of UC and ‘pause for thought’ until the system works properly for both claimants and landlords.”

The NFA and ARCH said their members generally supported the principles of Universal Credit and had launched initiatives to support tenants into work.

But they warned: “It is clear that support provided to tenants by landlords alone is not sufficient to resolve the problems being experienced and is not scalable as the roll out accelerates across the country and many more families and children become a part of the Universal Credit system.”

ARCH chief executive John Bibby said: “If the level of intensive support needed to vulnerable tenants is to be sustained during the planned rollout additional resources are essential.”

He also called for provision of a transition fund to enable landlords to support vulnerable tenants.

The DWP defines Universal Credit as support for people on low incomes or out of work, intended to ensure they are better off in work than on benefits.

It replaces: income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related employment and support allowance; income support; working tax credit; child tax credit; housing benefit.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

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  1. Workfare. This is reminiscent of the 1980’s when there was something called the COMMUNITY PROGRAME This was quite prevalent in the Downham Market and Kings Lynn Area. We had graveyard clearing=ditch digging=church hall painting etc etc. I had my 1st Heart Attack in March 1986 because of it. BTW we were in ”gangs” of about 8 working 4 days a week. We had done nothing wrong but supervisors stood over us. We found out why into day 8. Some of our co-workers had been placed by the Courts on Community Service. To cut corners and save money Kings Lynn Council put Community SERVICE and Community PROGRAME together. Did not help when the Towns Folk kept asking what had I done and would except my explanation

    hatzaetos6000

    July 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    • In America they make criminals do things like that as a part of their punishment.

      Magnifying Glass

      July 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

      • Yea and in bright orange jumpsuits. we wore bright yellow coveralls [waterproofs]

        hatzaetos6000

        July 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm

  2. If anyone is any where DWP related or not and they see a clear breach of health and safety, simply report it to the HSE.

    First be sure its a breach, if you cant research it yourself still outline what in the most detail the nature of the breach is. Outline also the position your in as regards it being a DWP scheme like sector base for instance that leaves you open to a possible sanction used against you for snitching be it taken out by the employer/provider or DWP.
    If indeed it is a breach substantiated by HSE, use this declaration by them as grounds to be taken off said location/employer for fear of repercussions in retaliation while also insisting DWP investigate negligence on the part of the provider who placed you there who should have carried out competent HSE checks prior to placement.

    doug

    July 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm

  3. Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

    snaithmagmailcom

    July 27, 2017 at 4:51 pm

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  5. DWP PRESS RELEASE 25th July 2017

    Work Choice Provider Guidance
    Section 01 (2017) – Work Choice Introduction and Overview vApril 2017
    Sectio Sectio n 1 (2017) (2017) – Work Choice Introduction and Work Choice Introduction and Work Choice Introduction and Work Choice Introduction and Work Choice Introduction and Work Choice Introduction and Overview Overview
    This Section pertains to all referrals to Work Choice during the contracts’ extension period in England and Wales effective from April 2017; specifically from 25th April for contracts originally awarded in 2010, and from 7th April for Remploy.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-choice-provider-guidance-post-april-2017

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm

  6. OT: Police say Grenfell manslaughter charges possible

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40747241
    Police say Grenfell manslaughter charges possible
    Police say there are grounds for corporate manslaughter charges over the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 80

    gazza

    July 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    • OT: Grenfell

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40735851
      Grenfell-style cladding design fails official fire test

      ME: doug will know of this – but you can do a paper ‘test’ and an actual real fire test. The contract specified a Real Fire test. It never took place Reutors has been asking for proof and gotton back pure silience from both sides. Strange that.

      gazza

      July 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      • Gazza

        Sadly paper tests as you call them are quite common not just in use at a design stage but also in regards to certain test and commissioning. Even certain physical tests are questionable, all based on a circumstance that may well not be the case every time. Its that probability and percentage game being relied upon which as i have said numerous times isn’t bean counting, isn’t a fact, its a mathematical estimate we call a guesstimate or to much reliant in part on one.

        doug

        July 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      • Meanwhile firefighters.

        Fire services face ‘ticking time bomb’ as staff leaving for other jobs DOUBLE since Tories took power

        “When something like Grenfell or the floods happen we’re the toast of politicians – yet they continue to pay us pittance”

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/firefighters-face-ticking-time-bomb-10884309

        enigma

        July 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

  7. Shadow justice secretary calls for independent review of court fees

    Richard Burgon MP has today written to his counterpart in government David Lidington calling on him to commission an independent review of how fees have affected access to justice in other courts and tribunals.

    ‘Given your government’s record of denial in relation to your unlawful employment tribunal fees, it is clear that your government cannot be trusted to carry out this review itself,’ the MP for East Leeds writes.

    https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/shadow-justice-secretary-calls-for-independent-review-on-court-fees/5062257.article

    enigma

    July 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    • Enigma

      Here’s the problem,

      Our government put money ahead of justice and in my mind deemed an employer sexually,physically and in cases mentally abusing, attempting to abuse along with other dodgy practices as less criminal and unjust then people making as government claimed, spurious claims.

      You cant without true evidence ever know what the case is yet this government based its so called evidence based purely on judgements made.

      doug

      July 28, 2017 at 1:10 am

  8. MP responds to Universal Credit warning

    Bridgwater Citizens Advice Bureau has highlighted a number of problems including long waits for payment, difficulties with the online claiming system and getting hold of assistance from the Department of Work and Pensions.

    http://www.bridgwatermercury.co.uk/news/15430242.MP_responds_to_Universal_Credit_warning/

    ken

    July 27, 2017 at 11:12 pm

  9. The pace its deteriorating now is at an alarming rate from Libya to the EU to Grenfell Tower to local services/NHS to Universal Credit and the welfare state.Everything the Conservatives have done has ended in complete disaster.Their entirely to blame.

    This should not and cannot be allowed to continue.They’ve damaged and divided the country beyond repair that could take years to overcome.Made us look the laughing stock with incompetence at home and abroad and yet this still continues to snowball out of control.We’ve failed the benchmarks of modern day living relying on foodbanks and low pay,low living standards and a skivvy job market,while continuing to sink further into discontent and need.

    This hanger on has now disappeared from public sight in an attempt see through this.

    May tells Tory MPs: ‘I got us into this mess and I’m going to get us out of it’

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/12/may-tells-tory-mps-1922-committee-i-got-us-into-this-mess-and-im-going-to-get-us-out-of-it

    somehow many doubt those words.

    ken

    July 27, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    • Ken

      Had a good laugh at the article you linked to.

      For a start politicians in “dire financial situations” after the election. What this, not living within their means were they ?
      Didn’t happen to have to sign onto UC did they and wait 7 plus weeks. Could always give them a crisis loan and a foodbank voucher to tie them over May. Tell them work is the best way out of poverty did you ?

      How are they in as she puts it, “dire financial situations” ?

      What about all this i will sort them out like she did Gavin Barwell, talk about favoritism rather than putting out an ad for all the unemployed to apply to.

      Whether she called the election or not, its still clear the majority in the areas the cons lost seats were no longer having a bar of the conservatives ball. Couldn’t hide this behind a rigged poll is more the truth i feel.

      Its just wrong ministers and parties that fail, all seem to end up in high paid rolls like Blair, Osborne and that toad Smith. I can only suspect its not cause they failed, its because they at least tried to screw the odds in favour of the elite and high brow at the cost of the public.

      doug

      July 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    • Ken!

      The tories are puppets with the hidden hand pulling their strings, so yes, they are to blame for implementing dreadful policies, but the ultimate blame lies with their evil masters!

      Foxglove

      July 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

  10. So how does it feel

    Well new Labour bailed out the banks and a lot of that debt once national is now firmly in the lap of personal debt. Yes you wear the debt where ever but now they can say you each officially own it and are responsible for it excluding those without money who cant afford to get into debt or get a loan.

    I have to wonder if part of the hatred towards those on welfare is in part dew to the fact they cannot off load some of that debt on the latter. That the cons thought, “right lets spread the debt by getting everyone into it, kids and all and say when our policies go pear shaped, its your own fault for not living within your means”.

    It certainly goes a long way to explaining why the cons thought up the cap and the mantra that people on benefits shouldn’t get more than the working because the majority now being in debt have ended up with far less than £20’000 a year. It also demonstrates how the Tories best made plans didn’t quite work the way they wanted them to and kept the real average wage above the 20 mark. Its also explains maybe why they seem persistent not to raise income tax and possibly VAT as then we would be right back where we started.

    I know, i know, most all thought we were across that particular fall but sadly like welfare reform, all that happened was the problem got transferred, the bucket kicked as so to speak.

    Crime of the new century complete.

    doug

    July 28, 2017 at 9:10 am

  11. Conspiracy: to be or not to be ?

    Now one of the great questions asked about the great welfare is why is housing benefit not being paid directly to landlords.
    We don’t see people who take out loans from DWP doing the same. Wheres this so called “responsibility” mantra the Tories liked to spurt out about there payment ideology. How comes we don’t see claimants benefits left intact, for them to do the decent thing, act responsibly and pay DWP back out of their own pocket rather than take it automatically ?

    The strong held theory is most landlords,especially the social sector are all to often tied to debt meaning if they have less money, they wont be able to make a full payment or not for long periods so ultimately end up having to pay more on the long run even it they rearrange the deal with the lender.

    For any unfamiliar with loans imagine borrowing £11’000 at 8% APR over 5 years.
    Now people, not all people seemed to imagine its a straight 8% of the £11’000 which is in this case £880. Well actually its 8% of whats left after payment of one year, every year and yes this does change if one does not meet payments of an agreed monthly amount.
    So after paying £2200 in the first year assuming all monthly amounts agreed were met would mean you owe the lender a further £704 APR for year 1. On year 2 you owe a further £528 and you get the picture.

    WELL, imagine what a lender would make in APR if payments weren’t met and the loan extended another 2 plus years, Imagine if the APR was variable, inflation linked.

    Cant make profit out of the poor but you sure can from people in the housing game with assets tied to lending.

    doug

    July 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

    • 💤

      Violet

      July 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    • Mortgages extended far longer now than 25 years.

      Look at all that extra APR lenders are getting.

      Now if you were a lender making this sort of cash, would you want your clients meeting payment amounts year on year ?

      doug

      July 29, 2017 at 8:58 am

  12. Does anyone know how to ensure that telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are permanently removed from jobcentre records? The e-mail address that I used to set up my UJM account is totally different from my normal e-mail address & I’ve never had any trouble from the Jobcentre about it. I have denied them access to my UJM account. I originally gave them my phone number with the stipulation that it was to be used only for emergencies. However my former bastard “adviser” ignored that & tried to give it to providers over the telephone which I stopped. After he left I told a new adviser that it was to be removed from the system & they said that it had been removed, which was confirmed by other advisers A short while ago I had to phone a DWP Benefit Handling Centre about my Annual Verification Claim and I had to confirm my phone number in response to a security question. I refuse to give them a CV, email address or phone number using FOI 3348 Jason Davies http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/169236/response/416439/attach/3/FOI*203348%20response.pdf

    My current adviser, who is a reasonably decent sort, had last week made out a non-signing appointment in writing for today. Apparently she had twice tried to contact me about changing the appointment time by leaving a message on my answerphone, but my phone reception is unreliable and it came out in the form of “digital chunks” with a distorted message & only part of the phone number which was unrecognisable.
    I naturally assumed that it was I cold caller. She did manage to contact me when I did not have the answerphone on & told me about the new appointment. My unreliable reception is a very good reason why I don’t want them to use my phone number. She claimed that it had been an emergency, but I had been told that this number had been removed from their system. I have a landline but no mobile phone due to the problems with the digital reception & cost.
    I just don’t want the Jobcentre to contact me by phone or e=mail but only in writing to avoid any possible sanctions.

    ben

    July 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    • When I was on UC, I made a few phone calls to the handing centre, like you I was asked for my phone number as a security question, I told them I didn’t have one, I was told by one that because of that I could not go any further – phone call ended.

      From then on I would phone again after a few mins finding that I would be talking to someone else, this time my not giving them my phone number was not a problem.

      enigma

      July 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm

  13. The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has warned against accelerating the introduction of Universal Credit. Since Universal Credit was introduced in 2013 as part of a raft of welfare reform and benefit changes, there have been concerns raised about the manner of and the delays in payment, after a claim is made.

    The Government believe it promotes tenant responsibility; the landlords know it promotes rent arrears and tenant debt

    https://residentiallandlord.com/cab-warns-universal-credit-acceleration/

    The DWP has said it will address problems faced by landlords who house Universal Credit tenants

    https://news.rla.org.uk/dwp-look-rla-proposals-universal-credit/

    ken

    July 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    • “the scheme to be piloted in four areas”, this is one which shouldn’t be piloted, it should be brought to every area asap.

      Why has it taken this long for the DWP to adress it. the reason being obvious. .

      enigma

      July 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

  14. Homeless people in Oxford threatened with £2,500 fines.

    For? bags left in shop doorways.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/26/oxford-homeless-people-face-fines-belongings-doorways

    enigma

    July 28, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    • Traveling through Oxford recently they were at the feet of tourists’ in the street.Two different worlds in one captured scene was striking.

      Here special constables out on patrol have taken hostile agressive attitudes to people on the street attempting to have them move on.Walking by overhearing it was alarming to hear the tone to vulnerable people in that position.

      ken

      July 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

  15. Millions of children across the country are at risk of going hungry this summer,

    “The government has admitted it has no plans to assist children who are facing hunger during the school holidays.

    “The Conservatives are failing in their duty of care to children in poverty, whose numbers are increasing to Dickensian levels under Tory austerity.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/more-than-a-million-children-could-go-hungry-this-summer-figures-show_uk_5979d7c5e4b02a4ebb733d56

    enigma

    July 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    • Yes Enigma this really worries me. As previously posted the school I work in is in one of the towns most deprived wards. I’m already worrying about the kids as we have a huge amount of free school meals kids. This entitles them to free breakfast club too and fruit and milk. We just set up a uniform swap shop for the first time ever. Things are really not good . Before we broke up for summer we had a year 2 asking for leftover food to take home. …

      katrehman

      July 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    • Foodbank use rises in holiday period, Trussell Trust statistics suggest

      NEARLY half the children fed by foodbanks are in primary school, and demand for emergency food parcels rises during the summer holidays, when children can no longer get free school meals, statistics indicate.

      The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, who led an inquiry into foodbanks which called for urgent action from the Government to address growing hunger and inequality, said the figures were “shocking”.

      “That so many primary-age children are going without food in our country is of great concern.”

      https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/28-july/news/uk/foodbank-use-rises-in-holiday-period

      Rising infaltion in the supermarkets,25p plus on one item.Britain in crisis!

      ken

      July 28, 2017 at 6:09 pm

  16. Andrew Coates

    July 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm

  17. Benefit overhaul could create black economy

    http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/15441134.Benefit_overhaul_could_create_black_economy/

    COULD LEAD, im afraid has lead to as already all the above boxes are ticked and growing as foretold on this very site.

    doug

    July 29, 2017 at 8:40 am

    • Many people are having to do what many did in the 30’s, of course many more will be joining them.

      enigma

      July 30, 2017 at 3:48 am

  18. The working class, still the biggest benefit fraudsters

    http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/07/28/woman-nine-bank-accounts-120k-home-barred-teaching-profession-benefit-fraud/

    From civil servants, local Councillors, MPs down to police officers,court workers,teachers,social workers,nurses and on, there all at it.

    Who would have thought dancing on tables while claiming your ill/disabled only ranks 3rd in the table of benefit fraudsters below working people in 1st place, hotly followed by people in a relationship where the partner works but hasn’t been declared firmly in 2nd.

    So the myth perpetrated by this very government has officially been debunked.

    doug

    July 29, 2017 at 8:52 am

  19. ‘it could be you next’: Protest hits London after black man died during police chase.

    Marie

    July 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  20. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/war-hero-who-lost-both-10886683

    All he needs to do is apply some fake tan, call himself Muhammed, and bob’s your uncle!

    Foxglove

    July 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

  21. Herr majesty’s tax henchmen still hounding the elderly.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/ever-end-record-numbers-pensioners-10890878

    Marie

    July 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

  22. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley vows that all homes and businesses will soon benefit from high-speed broadband.

    IC

    dozens of MPs released a report calling for the urgent introduction of an automatic compensation scheme for broadband consumers

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/karen-bradley-culture-broadband-high-speed-warnings-poor-connectivity-a7866711.html

    enigma

    July 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm

  23. Teach pupils to avoid gangs’ – children’s commissioner.

    They should also be taught about propaganda.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40768901

    enigma

    July 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    • So much for safety in numbers then.

      doug

      July 31, 2017 at 2:05 pm

  24. A Danish artist, a “promise” of money to rough sleepers on condition their equipped with tracking devices.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/kristian-von-hornsleth-buy-a-homeless-project_uk_597b3466e4b02a8434b5d592?utm_hp_ref=uk-news

    enigma

    July 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    • Can you imagine that here, talk about the most static track ever.

      “Hold on, hold on, hes moving. Damn, hes stopped, hes still stopped”. 30 minutes later, still static, “damn, someone must have sold him black mamba”.

      doug

      July 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm

  25. More staff for mental health care = DWP, Capita etc getting those into work, for work is the solution to mental health isn’t it DWP Capita.

    enigma

    July 31, 2017 at 8:29 am

      • Hmmm, are we going to see the same sort of expertise we see at maximus/ATOS then ?

        This give a qualification like confetti and plonk people into positions of responsibility who have a duty of care is very worrying. When is this government going to realize the qualification doesn’t maketh the man, that recanting something resembling times tables is no replacement for time served experience.

        doug

        July 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      • “But other health organisations have raised concern around the likelihood that the proposed plans can actually be delivered fully by 2021.

        “It is welcome that the government is setting this laudable ambition and investment in the mental health workforce is always welcome,” said Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing.

        “But the government’s policies appear not to add up.

        “If these nurses were going to be ready in time, they would be starting training next month. But we have seen that the withdrawal of the bursary has led to a sharp fall in university applications and we are yet to see funding for additional places.
        “There is already a dangerous lack of workforce planning and accountability and this report is unable to provide detail on how the ambitions will be met.”
        Davies added that it is clear the government will need to work hard just to get back to the number of specialist staff working in mental health services in 2010. “Under this government, there are 5,000 fewer mental health nurses and that goes some way to explaining why patients are being failed,” she stated.

        “For as long as parity of esteem between physical and mental health services remains rhetoric, this picture will not improve. The NHS needs to see hard cash to deliver any plans.”

        The deputy chair of the BMA Consultants Committee, Dr Gary Wannan, agreed that the money was welcome, but argued that it failed to address other issues in the mental health sector.

        “Mental health provision has been historically underfunded, so commitments to bring the funding and accessibility of psychiatric services into line with physical health are welcome, but as we’ve seen from recent CQC reports and our own research into out-of-area placements, bed occupancy rates are dangerously high and some buildings and estates in mental health trusts are entirely unfit for purpose,” he explained.

        “Community services are under significant and increasing pressure due to increased demand. There has been insufficient recruitment of psychiatry trainees across England and a high percentage of trainees do not complete training in the specialty.

        “Employers must get to grips with why doctors, nurses, therapists and other mental health workers leave this path if they are genuine in their aim of retaining and recruiting staff.”
        Paul Farmer, the CEO of influential mental health charity Mind who wrote for our latest edition, embraced the plan’s recruitment and retention ambitions, which he argued are necessary to deliver the FYFV for Mental Health. But he emphasised that the plan only takes the NHS up to 2021.

        “We now need a longer-term, further-reaching strategy to build the kind of NHS mental health services that will carry us into the future, to cope with inevitable rising demand and to provide better integration of mental and physical health services,” Farmer concluded.”

        http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/hunts-plan-for-21000-new-mental-health-staff-does-not-add-up

        Andrew Coates

        July 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      • Doug

        I don’t know if this is a sign of things to come and personally cant get my head around why complete in the first place but i know someone whose current partner who recently just got their degree in psychology who has decided not to practice in the field.

        Its a strange outcome considering the time in years you have to put in and it makes me wonder how many others have taken this path. How many recently/now qualified teachers, nurses and the likes have opted to take up other professions and has it anything to do with the way government has treated these professions.

        doug

        August 1, 2017 at 7:33 am

    • This is riddled with faults.

      Frankly it governing by wishful thinking.

      Andrew Coates

      July 31, 2017 at 11:44 am

    • The irony here is you wont see DWP putting claimants with mental health issues on these courses will you.
      No, you have to have a clear head right, be able to focus.

      doug

      July 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm

  26. The Tories are responsible for creating huge mental health problems benefit freezes caps cuts dwp practices rising living costs insecure often a few hours work if at all.It effects everyones’ mood.The economic situation is not good.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/15/uk-retail-sales-brexit-inflation-prices-pay-consumer-spending

    Poverty is forcing people to chose between cleaning themselves or eating

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/28/poverty-is-forcing-people-to-chose-between-cleaning-themselves-or-eating-6814418/

    ken

    July 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm

  27. Scottish Labour has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted amid concerns that families are being pushed into poverty and debt.

    https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1394635-universal-credit-roll-out-should-be-halted-say-labour/

    ken

    August 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

  28. Info wars (alternate media) broke the Rowling story first.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40785321

    The only reason your seeing the likes of mainstream media such as the BBC covering this story is dew to backlash after alternate media called out Rowling on her lie and yet another attempt by her to smear Trump.
    Whats interesting here is the largest backlash came from her own fans calling her out and questioning her comment.

    Its good to see this type of behavior as this is how fake news,false opinions need to be tackled as the likes of Rowling, ministers, musicians,actors,etc are role models, so as peers need to think and act far more carefully.

    doug

    August 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

  29. The myth or getting all your energy from a single supplier showing cracks.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40787555

    Now i may have mentioned this here a while back but did elsewhere that duel pooling your energy is a trick that wont last long and sure enough, the cracks are showing.
    Already a while back we saw small independents as i described either go out of business or be largely invested into by the big energy companies dew to certain costs the public by far and large is unaware of.

    One of those not well known costs is transporting, a section of the energy business not actually directly owned by the big energy suppliers. The cost of maintaining this link to your homes and businesses is a costly business and now after avoiding it for so long to keep prices down to get people onboard to these schemes, the suppliers now bring the bill forward at quite a painful rate.

    doug

    August 1, 2017 at 8:14 am

  30. The trouble in Venezuela.

    Venezuela opposition leaders ‘taken from their homes’, family members say

    Maduro said he had no intention of deviating from his plans to rewrite the constitution and go after a string of enemies, from independent Venezuelan news channels to gunmen he claimed were sent by neighbouring Colombia to disrupt the vote as part of an international conspiracy led by the man he calls “Emperor Donald Trump.”

    “I don’t listen to orders from the empire, not now or ever… Bring on more sanctions, Donald Trump.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-opposition-leaders-taken-from-their-homes-leopoldo-lopez-antonio-ledezma-nicolas-maduro-a7870141.html

    enigma

    August 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    • “while the election was labelled illegitimate by leaders across the Americas and Europe”.

      (A quote from the very article)

      So to blame solely Trump or even stick him at the head of the so called empire considering every countries sentiment towards Trumps presidency, is LAUGHABLE to say the least.

      doug

      August 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

  31. Facebook is terrified about a disturbing trend that is seeing people share information about themselves less and less.

    Oh dear, what a shame zucker. I wouldn’t bother sharing my info on your silly site.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-posts-becoming-less-personal-as-site-looks-to-encourage-people-to-post-about-their-lives-a6976551.html

    enigma

    August 1, 2017 at 9:04 am

    • About time people wised up to airing their personal linen in public, sadly though contributing factors play a bigger part than wisdom here.

      People who air their lives as so to speak on line are basically prostituting themselves.
      “Wait, did doug just call all these people whores” ?

      No im basically saying they are giving something personal to themselves, to the world for gain. That gain is adulation in the hope of large attention to entice a group/s, sections of people to gravitate to the point of being friended,viewed,subscribed,etc. Then in a large amount of cases see if they can set up a more professional platform to seek advertising revenue.

      For starters theirs already a billion and one wanna bes who have hit the big time so unless you can bring something entirely new, you wont get the audience.
      Secondly with the advent of the T AND H crimes being highlighted as publicly available, has seen advertising revenue plummeted for uploaders and now redirected at the advertisers choice to videos they want it on, namely propping up mainstream media whose ratings,views,subscribers are of a pitiful amount when compared to the likes of pewdipie who commands the highest audience count/followers. Hell even music videos and make up tips get more views than mainstream media.

      So as making a real effort to market yourself beyond simply being lazy and doing a video is beyond the aptitude of most to turn to other less branded sites, join patron, self advertise in-video from independent sponsors or ask for donations, the appetite to become the next big thing has waned.

      Further more to this, the dark web is more popular than most imagine and despite stereo typing and perpetrating the myth its full of thirsty cut throat pirates, murders,pedos and drug and arms dealers, is actually full of content providers who don’t live on the shady side of life and aren’t neighbored to the above mentioned like they would on say youtube or a google search. Although to a point you can search it, the dark web allows you to hook in to an address rather than scroll a list. There is some amazing platforms, especially the p2p social sites that allow people to make there own circles and more circles within that so as to have complete control over the traffic as it only extends via there computers and isn’t tolled through a server to harvest data nor require the massive cost the like of facebook face to host there site.

      All in all what people around the world need to realize is, your right to privacy and that of your family is an actual human right and while its your choice to make, do consider, if too many of you do it, there will come a time when its a choice no longer.

      doug

      August 1, 2017 at 11:40 am

  32. Message encryption a ‘problem’ – UK home secretary

    (NO THE PROBLEM IS PEOPLE LIKE ATTENTION, MYSTERY AND TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40788180

    NAIVETY is the best way to describe any government let alone Amber Rudd who thinks ACCESS to end to end encryption and blocking mainstream public declarations (text,video,audio) is going to change a damn thing.

    Anyone who knows what the web actually is knows its circles within circles, within circles in infinite fashion. Its just not some linear train line you can catch people at either end, nor between. Unless you spy on every device connected to the net and glean data before it transmitted, you have absolutely no chance whats so ever of stopping such things happening.

    If there’s one thing a public uploader or people with profiles crave, its attention. From subscribers to followers, to views to friends, they simply cant get enough of it. Its not just the likes of facebook and youtube, its every blog, every forum, every website whose sole credibility, how they are perceived is built on. These are the windows to individual people which in turn connects you to multiples of multiples of others in infinite ways.

    With the right tact of approach you could get a portion of people to believe something that is not necessarily the case. We know it works because advertising, governments, politicians like ours do it every single damn day when reaching out to us. They say its a version of events as they see it, use words like COULD, MIGHT, MAYBE, THINK, BELIEVE, etc when all the while its plain old MISREPRESENTATION, MISDIRECTION you cant actually have them for legally. So to assume someone else couldn’t do this is just plain asinine.
    A simply change of rhetoric and bingo, the impossible becomes the possible but here’s the thing,

    Something being possible does not infer it is actual.

    Mystery, everyone or at least most people like it like they do taboos, so like a moth to a flame naturally they gravitate towards it. You’ve all seen even grown up with slang, acronyms,etc, most have watched programs on attempts and efforts deciphering ancient texts so it should come as no surprise when those frowned upon take this mantle up to circumnavigate government attempts to censor the net and pour over every inch of a persons data. Again without access and control of a persons device, its as simple as A to Z to formulate a coded text or even make a program that allows individuals to converse in secret that would take powers ages to work out if at all in a time effective enough to prevent what might ensue. You see the easiest way to keep a puzzle a puzzle is to limit the pieces people have ensuring no one has the original diagram of what it should look like.

    doug

    August 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    • Does she Amber Rudd agree that her messages and emails be of public view.

      Probably not.

      enigma

      August 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm


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